Swedish heavyweight Otto Wallin (10-0, 8 KOs) can prove he is ready for a step up in class when he takes on Beka Lobjanidze (11-1, 9 KOs) on May 2 at the Frederiksberg-Hallerne in Copenhagen.
Wallin is back in action following a second-round technical knockout victory over David Gegeshidze in the Danish capital last month. In his Copenhagen return, the Sundsvall-southpaw can expect tougher resistance when he goes toe-to-toe with Lobjanidze. The Georgian power-puncher has lost only one fight in twelve professional contests and recorded nine knockout wins.
”On paper Lobjanidze is the toughest opponent I have faced but we will see how tough he really is when I get him in the ring,” said Wallin. ”I will need to be careful, stay alert and not underestimate him, but I think he can be discouraged. I’ve watched his fight with Dillian Whyte and once the pressure was put on him he didn’t do too much. As long as I stick to my game plan, I believe I have the ability to beat him.
”I’m looking forward to the challenge. Hopefully I can get some more rounds in the bank and the opportunity to showcase my skills. I want to prove that I belong at a higher level and this fight is another step in the right direction for me.”
In a big night for Swedish boxing, Malmo’s Klara Svensson will be joining Wallin in action as she challenges Erica Anabella Farias for the WBC Female World Light Welterweight title. ”I will be cheering her on from ringside,” said Wallin. ”This is an important fight, not just for Klara but for Swedish boxing as a whole. We need to bring boxing back to Sweden and to do that we need world champions.”
Wallin makes no secret of his desire to follow in Svensson’s footsteps and to become the first Swedish heavyweight champion since the legendary Ingemar Johansson. ”One day I hope that it will be me challenging for world titles, that’s why I’m in this business,” said the 24 year-old. ”I know I have the right team around me and the will and determination to make that dream a reality.”
Said promoter Nisse Sauerland: ”Otto has all the makings of a future world champion. His ability and work ethic are second to none. At this stage of his career it’s all about building experience and gradually increasing the level of opposition. With that said, he has a tough fight on May 2 and he will need to show up in top shape or an upset could be on the cards.”
Team Sauerland in association with Betsafe presents the ‘Nordic Fight Night – Going For Gold’ on May 2 at the Frederiksberg-Hallerne in Copenhagen. The event will be broadcast live on Viasat channels across Scandinavia. Tickets are available via billetlugen.dk. Visit betsafe.com for the latest betting odds.